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Thanks for supporting Probable Golf Instruction. This is the fourth of my series on the shortgame; from putting to chipping to wedge play. If you have any specific questions related to the topic that you'd like answered, join my PGI Member Select Club. I'll answer all your golf questions related to your own, unique golf game in a prompt, thorough fashion. I'm just an email away at golfexpert@probablegolfinstruction.com.

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A Brief Message      July 8/04

  • Ken here from Probable Golf Instruction. My apologies for the late publishing of this newsletter. I've been involved in a litigation dealing with errant golf balls and had some strict deadlines.
  • In my last newsletter, I explained the importance of alignment to putt well in addition to plumb reading a putt and using my matrix. Review the newsletter here.
  • In this issue, I'll explain how to read putts more successfully by analyzing the contours of the green and how to handle uphill & downhill putts.
  • If you recall my series on Distance & Technology, I mentioned how mishits (from center of club face) result in less distance. High handicappers have far more mishits than low handicappers.
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The Short Game Part 4: Putting Contours

Read other Parts from the Technology & Distance series and Short Game series here, Archives.

If you'd like one on one explanations about the topic, sign up for the PGI Member Select Club and I'll answer all your questions in a prompt, thorough fashion. Now on to this week's topic.

IV. What if the slope of the green changes between your ball and the hole?

     In my last newsletter, I explained how to read putts using the plumb bobbing technique and a matrix I have developed to translate the plumb read to how much the putt actually breaks. This method, which I advocate is quite accurate as long as your plumbing is accurate, does assume the slope of the green is the same everywhere. As your probably aware, however, green contours change.

     Take for instance a putt where the balls in on a mound and the slope at the hole is much less. Plumbing such a putt would not give anywhere near an accurate read. This is a putt where the slope is high early in the putt and low late. Early in a putt, the ball will be moving quite quickly and therefore will not be as greatly affected compared to when the ball is moving slowly. Late in the putt, as the ball slows, even a little slope will cause a lot of break. The slope of the mound, in this case, won't cause the ball to break very much.

     The opposite case is the ball being on a part of the green which has little slope and the hole on a part which has a lot of slope. In this case, the largest slope occurs late in the putt (when the ball is moving slowly) and the ball will be greatly affected (it will break a lot).

     What about uphill and downhill putts? An uphill putt with break will break less than a downhill putt with similar slope. On a downhill putt, the ball is struck by the putter with less force and is thus going more slowly. The ball, therefore, takes more time to get to the hole and is more greatly affected by the slope (ball breaks more). Experience will tell you how much more or less putts break depending on whether they are downhill or uphill.

     On downhill putts that are quite fast, I have had a lot of success by putting the ball off the toe of the putter (about halfway between the sweet spot and the end of the blade). I find I can still make a normal stroke (long and smooth) without fearing hitting the ball way past the hole. I have found that when taking a normal stroke, it's easy to not follow through and pull the putt out of fear of hitting it too far. In addition, I find I don't need to shorten my stroke up to compensate for the downhill. I just make a normal putt for the length and in effect mis-hit the ball off the toe of the blade.

     Another thing I have found helpful on severe uphill and downhill putts (tiered greens) is to imagine a position short or long of the hole at which to aim. On a downhill putt, trying to hit to a position short of the hole compensates for the amount of downhill. Likewise, trying to hit to a position long of the hole compensates for the amount of uphill. The amount short or long one aim's depends on the change in elevation.

     Next time, I'll provide you with more great tips dealing wedge play, specifically distance control. How do you swing to hit 60 yards compared with 40 Yards? Is it just fee? It doesn't have to be!!

Purchase my Longest Golf Ball Report (over 300 sold so far) in which I statistically analyze distances of over 90 different golf balls with differing constructions. The balls were hit using a mechanical hitting machine.

Play with my Driver Distance Calculator. You can input such variables as loft and clubhead speed to determine the optimum loft. I'll be adding to it soon so that you can input different golf ball parameters such as speed and spin.


A list of resources that have been used to produce this newsletter can be found on my website here.

The next newsletter's topic will be on wedge play. If you have any questions ahead of time, send me an email.

The focus of my site is to utilize science and math to lower your score. New technology is one way to achieve this, but to be honest, the technology is one small piece of the puzzle.

To actually improve significantly, we all need to:

1. Improve our swings using CD Interactive, Hit Down Dammit!

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4. Improve our mental games. Golf Mind Software

5. Improve our Probable Golf games. Learn how to make better choices on the course through knowing how shot patterns and reading the elements and course better.

Click on the links above to take a look at ways that I personally use myself and recommend you try as well.

Hope I provided some useful ways for to become better prepared for you best golf season ever.

Ken Tannar


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